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08 April 2007 @ 01:11 pm
The Renovations Continue  
New carpet is in, both upstairs and in the basement. This means the pub/game room is FINALLY complete after 15 years. With luck we'll use it a few times before we move.

The basement (foyer? mud room? hallway? What would you call a room that divides the driveunder garage from the steps up to the kitchen?) is sheetrocked and mudded, though the guy who did the mudding didn't do a very good job of the final smoothing. All I can hope is that he really isn't finished and will be back tomorrow - otherwise, I need someone to do the rest. If I'd wanted to spend a couple of hours smoothing sheetrock mud I'd have done it myself instead of hiring someone. The door needs to be put in, but the carpenter crew was waiting for the sheetrock before doing that.Once that's done, we need to prime it, put in the trim, and paint it.

The rest of the garage needs to be cleaned out - a process that was started by the Untimely Water Heater Release but that still needs completing. The biggest work will be getting rid of all the paint that has accumulated over the years. I can fill latex paint cans with sand or kitty litter and take them to the county, but anything oil based will be tougher to get rid of. Given that and the number of batteries and electronic components I need to rid myself of, there are times I wish I wasn't so ecologically correct and could bring myself just to toss them in the trash. Fortunately for the environment, even the mere thought of doing that makes me wince.

Much of the main floor is in a shambles because of moving things from the kitchen and pantry in preparation for painting and countertop replacement. Once things are able to be put back, I have to very lightly sand the wood floors, fill some chips, and put a thin coat of polyurethane down.

The upstairs is also disheveled since the painters will be doing all but the master bedroom and ladyat's office on Monday. I've moved my office into hers for the time being, so I can work on Monday without having to move around the painters.

Much has been put in boxes, the boxes are being gathered into one spot, but I need to get the energy to make Yet Further Trips to the storage unit and squirrel them away.

Experience tells me that the current mess is not insurmountable, but I am sure tired of packing and carrying boxes, moving furniture, and sorting through old unremembered bottles and cans of cleaning supplies.
 
 
Current Mood: lethargiclethargic
 
 
 
msminlrmsminlr on April 8th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
What would you call a room that divides the driveunder garage from the steps up to the kitchen?

Murder-hole?

anything oil based ... and the number of batteries and electronic components Don't any of the counties around Atlanta have hazardous waste disposal facilities? You might need to pay a fee as an out-of-county disposer if Cobb County doesn't have one, but surely *somebody* will take that stuff.
Bill Roperbillroper on April 8th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
If it's any consolation:

When I moved into the house in Evanston, one wall of the stairwell leading to the second floor was covered with wallpaper. Vinyl wallpaper. Orange vinyl wallpaper.

Of course you know, this had to go.

Fortunately, it was easy to strip the vinyl wallpaper. This left a rather grungy, pasty wall underneath, but since I decided to cover it with oak planking laid on the diagonal to draw the eye up the stairs, this wasn't a problem. I bought more than enough planking to do the entire wall and started work. It was going great.

Right until I hit the point where I couldn't reach any higher without a scaffold. I didn't have a scaffold.

That wall sat half finished until I hired a handyman to paint the house as daisy_knotwise and I were preparing to sell it. That meant that a marriage, a divorce, and a second marriage occurred in the interim.

So don't feel too bad about the pub / game room.
GreyLadygrey_lady on April 9th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
Ah - orange vinyl wallpaper - sounds like the same decorator who did our hallway, in *turquoise* patterned vinyl wallpaper.

And yes, we got rid of it too.
Debbie Gtollers on April 9th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
Ugh... that sounds like a whole heap of work! I'd be tempted to collapse and become very flat and very still after all that work. Good luck dealing w/ the garage and getting more stuff wrangled into boxes (and staying out from underfoot of the painters!).
Daviddjbp on April 9th, 2007 09:36 am (UTC)
This means the pub/game room is FINALLY complete after 15 years.
Ain't that always the way.

but anything oil based will be tougher to get rid of. Given that and the number of batteries and electronic components I need to rid myself of
This one makes me very glad that the local councils here will accept almost anything at the local tip, even upto and including small amounts of asbestos.

Sounds ike things are coming along well with the end waving to you from the distance.